Soldiers, Army civilians bring children to work for learning, activities
May 2, 2013
The 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) celebrated Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day by inviting children of the service members and civilian employees to take part in a day of activities and learning April 25.
The goal for the 316th ESC child youth and school services was to create a day that would stimulate and educate the kids through activities instead of having them just watch their parents work.
"We are fortunate because we are able to do a day's worth of activities rather than just have the children sit with their parents at their desk," said Ty Beck, school services specialist with the 316th ESC. "And it's nice to show them all kinds of things that can occur here, not just what their parents do but what other parents do and other adults do here"
Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day is a nationally recognized event designed to give children a hands-on perspective of the working world and show them what work is all about.
"(This day) is important just to let the children know what you do when they are at school or when you're away from home," said Beck. "It helps them understand what you do … and shows them how we provide for them."
The day started with a military physical training session, followed by numerous activities to build teamwork and help the children get to know each other. The children also got to: use the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, a computerized simulated firing range; take a ride in a Humvee; tour the headquarters building; create disaster kits for the American Red Cross; and participate in bullying activities for prevention and awareness.
"I think overall the kids enjoyed themselves and that's what matters," said Beck.